Easy Slow Cooker Beans

Raise your hand if you have ever burned a batch of beans… or just dinner. *Raises hand slowly*

You leave a pot on the stove, get distracted, and suddenly dinner is a bit more charred than you would like. You might ask yourself, “What can I do?” An easy solution is to pull out that slow cooker you have been wanting to try and make a delicious, burnt-free batch of beans.

Try this Easy Slow Cooker Bean recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups bean of your choice (e.g., black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans)
  • 8 cups cool water for soaking
  • 6-7 cups water for cooking
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: Onion quartered
  • Optional: Garlic mashed

Directions

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Sort through beans, removing shriveled or discolored pieces.
  3. Rinse beans with cool water.
  4. Soak your beans overnight or use the quick soak method.
    • Overnight Soak: Add beans to bowl or pot and cover with 8 cups of water. Soak for 8 hours or overnight.
    • Quick Soak: Add beans to pot and cover with 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 1 hour.
  5. Drain water from soaked beans and rinse.
  6. Place beans in slow cooker with 6-7 cups of water, or until beans are completely covered. Add salt. Add onion and garlic, if desired.
  7. Cover slow cooker with lid and cook on High for 6-8 hours or on Low for 3-4 hours.
    • Note: Lid should not be removed until cooking time is almost complete.

Need some inspiration on how to add these beans to all your favorite meals? Find some ideas on our blog post Go for Beans, Peas and Lentils for Healthy Protein Alternatives or find some great recipes on Pulses.org.

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